A Paris Beauty Secret: An Afternoon’s Delight
By Theadora Brack
Keeping on our tipsy toes, we’ve been spring cleaning here on Planet Bling like there’s no tomorrow. Next week we’ll be back on track with a fresh batch of tales about the City of Light. Fancy a swing by the Opéra Garnier? Step-by-step, I’m with you. For kicks, I’ll reveal a slew of newly-acquired tidbits about the historical palace, along with Sun King’s Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris and Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Black Swans, this pas de deux is for you!
Getting prepared: In the meantime, here’s a classic French cure for fatigued feet. Like delicious gossip, it’s a recipe worth repeating again and again. Let’s stop, beautify, and smell the roses with a green clay masque, shall we? Grab a pencil, wings, and your gauzy tutu, my fellow Sylphides. Here’s our shopping list. La vie en rose!
Half cup French green clay powder
Half cup water
2 drop rose or lavender oil
3 drops olive oil
In the Wings
Once these have been rounded up, crank up the ice machine and Claude Debussy’s bewitching L’après-midi d’un faune. Choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, the ballet made its Paris debut in May 1912. According to writer Joy Melville, Auguste Rodin wrote, “When the curtain rises to reveal Nijinsky reclining on the ground, one knee raised, the pipe at his lips, you would think him a statue; and nothing could be more striking than the impulse with which, at the climax, he lies face down on the secreted veil, kissing it and hugging it with passionate abandon.”
Ice cube, anyone? Next, trap a book and pour a tall glass of Pastis. Set aside. NOW proceed with the recipe. Blend ingredients and apply to feet. Cover with a plastic bag and wait 30 minutes. Elevate toes. Sip. Inhale. Listen to Debussy. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Chill thoroughly. Just chill it all, I say.
La Fée Verte: French green clay is quarried in the south of France. The color comes from iron oxides and decomposed (fossil) plants, mostly kelp, seaweed and algae, and is considered a mightily powerful external detoxifier. Pharmacies often carry the powder. I’ve spotted it online, too. Your friends and arch enemies will be green with envy. Meanwhile, you’ll be green with smug joy.
When Nijinsky was asked the secret to his airy, floating leaps, he would say only, “You have just to go up and then pause a little up there.” Happy Spring Fling!